Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 15 to 40 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small, round reddish-purple, fleshy drupe.
Fruiting Time: Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Other: Trees need full sun location to flower.
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Other: Plant contains Calcium oxylates; ingestion can cause mouth numbness, vomiting. Sap can cause contact dermatitis in some individuals.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by plantladylin (Southeast Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 19, 2011 6:41 PM

Native to Australia, the Schefflera actinophylla is an upright tree with multiple trunks. Crowns of large showy leaves form an umbrella shape giving it the popular name "Umbrella Tree". This Schefflera is a popular landscape and street tree in the southern part of Florida. I had a large tree here in my zone 9 Florida yard for many years but our last two unusually frigid winters finally killed it completely.

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Posted by Dutchlady1 (Sunny Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Jul 29, 2012 11:20 AM

This tree is very invasive in our area. Even though I don't have a tree myself, there are many in my neighborhood, and I find seedlings growing everywhere, including in the cups of my Bromeliads! So, although they are attractive, they need to be kept firmly in check.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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8 ft. Indoor Umbrella Tree Care/Watering/Age? by umbrellatree1 Jun 23, 2018 4:45 PM 6
Do I need to remove this Schefflera? by livinthefllife May 29, 2017 2:58 PM 6
Can't seem to find in databases by shantb May 11, 2017 8:41 AM 11

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